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The 21st Annual Rosalie Wahl Leadership Lecture will be held as a dinner and program on the evening of Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015 at the Marriott City Center in downtown Minneapolis. MWL is honored to welcome Carol Robles-Román, the President and CEO of Legal Momentum, as our Wahl Lecture keynote speaker. A silent auction to benefit MWL's Law Student Scholarship Fund will be featured at the Wahl Lecture.

When: Tuesday, November 3rd
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Marriott City Center
30 South Seventh Street
Minneapolis, MN 
Presenter: Carol Robles-Román, President and CEO of Legal Momentum
Contact: Sara Goldstein

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MWL is Pleased to Announce its 21st Annual Rosalie Wahl Leadership Lecture

Minnesota Women Lawyers (MWL) is pleased to announce its 21st Annual Rosalie Wahl Leadership Lecture to be held on the evening of Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015 at the Marriott City Center in downtown Minneapolis. The general reception and Silent Auction will begin at 5pm. Dinner will begin at 6pm, and the program will begin at approximately 6:30pm. 

MWL is honored to welcome Carol Robles-Román, the President and CEO of Legal Momentum, a national organization that advances the rights of women and girls, as our Wahl Lecture keynote speaker. The title of the presentation will be "Our Shared Wisdom: Women as Agents of Change."

A silent auction to benefit MWL's Law Student Scholarship Fund will be featured at the Wahl Lecture. View the current list of Silent Auction donors here. Donations to the silent auction are welcomed. The donation form is available here. All donation forms must be submitted to the MWL Foundation by Friday, October 23. For more information, please contact MWL Executive Director Debra Pexa ( or 612/338-3205).


Sponsorship opportunities are available for the Rosalie Wahl Leadership Lecture. Complete details are available here. Please contact Debra Pexa, MWL Executive Director with any questions ( or 612/338-3205).

MWL is pleased to feature an exhibit that honors the life and legacy of the Honorable Rosalie E. Wahl at the upcoming Rosalie Wahl Leadership Lecture. The exhibit includes newspaper articles, family scrapbooks, photos, and assorted memorabilia from Justice Wahl’s inspirational life and career. Many thanks to Judge Tim Baland for coordinating this special exhibit.



Carol Robles-Román is the President and CEO of Legal Momentum, The Women’s Legal Defense & Education Fund, a national organization that advances the rights of women and girls. In this role she creates public-private partnerships that promote gender equality for women and girls. Carol is a 2015 Ford Public Voices Fellow. The Public Voices Fellowship is part of a national initiative to dramatically increase the public impact of our nation's top underrepresented thought leaders.

Carol was Deputy Mayor for Legal Affairs and Counsel to Mayor Michael Bloomberg for 12 years. She was the first woman to serve as Counsel to a New York City Mayor. She spearheaded public-private partnerships on behalf of vulnerable communities including women and children in the areas of domestic violence, enforcement of anti-discrimination laws, human trafficking and young people, diversity, and judicial selection. She led the city's efforts to combat domestic violence and human trafficking through the creation of Family Justice Centers in all five boroughs. She led the multimedia public awareness campaign Let’s Call an End to Human Trafficking. She also increased ethnic, gender, and geographic diversity among mayoral appointments to the city's Family, Criminal and interim Civil Court judgeships.

Carol has significant experience in complex operations and government reform, as a former New York State Courts administrator and New York State Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. She was the first Special Inspector General for Bias Matters in the New York State Unified Court System, appointed by then Chief Judge Judith Kaye. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York and serves on its Executive Committee, and is on the board of the National Association of Women Lawyers. A lifelong New Yorker, she holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she received the Vanderbilt Medal for extraordinary contribution to the law school community, and a B.A. from Fordham University at Lincoln Center.

Carol is a nationally known public speaker and appears regularly in the media, speaking about national and international trends in the law and courts, women’s rights, immigration, human trafficking, and domestic violence. She is a member of New York’s New Abolitionists, a campaign launched by the Sanctuary for Families and the New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition to end human trafficking in New York State and across the globe.

Carol has been widely recognized for her work, receiving awards including the National Women’s Political Caucus’ 2015 Women of Courage Award and the SmartCEO 2014 Brava Award. She was designated one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics” by Hispanic Business Magazine in 2011.


Minnesota Women Lawyers thanks its 2015 Wahl Lecture Sponsors (to date)


Briggs and Morgan, P.A.
Dorsey & Whitney, LLP
Faegre Baker Daniels, LLP
Gustafson Gluek PLLC
Robins Kaplan LLP

Barnes & Thornburg, LLP
Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
Lindquist & Vennum LLP
Stinson Leonard Street LLP
Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP

Brown & Carlson, P.A.
Ciresi Conlin LLP
Gislason  & Hunter LLP
Gray Plant Mooty
Larkin Hoffman
Maslon LLP
Moss & Barnett, P.A.
Thomson Reuters
Tuft, Lach, Jerabek & O’Connell, PLLC
UnitedHealth Group
Xcel Energy


The Minnesota Women Lawyers Foundation thanks its Silent Auction Donors (to date)


@Legal Discovery
Abdallah Candies & Gifts
Al Vento Restaurant
American Swedish Institute
Connie Armstrong
Arthur Murray Dance Studio
Badger Hill Brewing Company
Dana Bartocci
Big Thrill Factory
Birchbark Books & Native Arts
Bite Squad
Brave New Workshop
Cafe Latte
Hon. Susan Chambers
Cannon River Winery
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
Carol Chomsky
Hon. Margaret Chutich
Clay Squared to Infinity
Cole's Salon Spa
ComedySportz Twin Cities
Continental Ballet Company
CorePower Yoga
CorePower Yoga Apple Valley
The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts
CrossFit Twin Cities
Dale Studios
Annamarie Daley
Downtown Minneapolis Allegra
Downtowner Car Wash
Fired Up Studios
Teresa Fariss McClain
Marlene Garvis
Grand Casino Mille Lacs Hinckley
Guthrie Theater
Lisa Holter
Hotel Ivy: A Luxury Collection Hotel
Illusion Theater
Indian Island Winery
Izzy's Ice Cream
Jon Charles Salon
Kari Jensen Thomas
Anne T. Johnson
Ann Juergens
The Jungle Theater
Keys at the Foshay
Kieran's Irish Pub
Kowalski's Markets
Lili Salon Spa
Mall of America
Meagher & Geer, P.L.L.P.
Marriott Minneapolis City Center
Mercury Mosaics
Mid America Festival
Judge Susan Miles
Minnesota Center for Book Arts
Minnesota Historical Society
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Minnesota Orchestra
Minnesota RollerGirls
Minnesota State Fair
Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Twins
Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Women Lawyers Board of Directors
Minnesota Women Lawyers Foundation Board of Directors
MWL's South Central Chapter
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
Bridget Nason
Judith L. Oakes
O'Gara's Bar & Grill
Paradigm Reporting & Captioning
The Park Tavern
Peace Coffee

PedalPub Twin Cities, LLC
R. F. Moeller Jeweler
Julie Ritz-Schlaifer
Rinata Restaurant
Rocco Altobelli Salons & DaySpas
Pam Rochlin
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
The Saint Paul Hotel
Sarah Pierce Photography / Minneapolis Headshots
Sara Schwebs
Science Museum of Minnesota
Shepherd Data Services, Inc.
Spangler and de Stefano, PLLP
Sparks Restaurant
Special Counsel Legal Staffing & Placement
St. Paul Saints Baseball Club
Textile Center

Tuft, Lach, Jerabek & O'Connell PLLC
Twin Cities in Motion
The Wellness Center
Wild Mountain Taylors Falls Recreation
Wild Rumpus Bookstore
The Works Museum
Yoga Center of Minneapolis
YWCA of Minneapolis


The Rosalie Wahl Leadership Lecture was established on the occasion of Justice Wahl’s retirement from the Minnesota Supreme Court. The goal of the lecture series is to honor Justice Wahl, by recognizing women leaders who have broken ground, while pointing the way for women who will follow. The series continues to feature women whose decisions and abilities inspire the leaders of tomorrow, just as Justice Wahl has inspired so many of us.


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